Green manure question

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Redgoat

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Green manure question
« on: March 11, 2017, 16:58 »
Studying my new allotment this week I have an area of wet clay at the bottom of the gently sloping patch.

I'm thinking of sowing a green manure on it

Any suggestions on which would be the best choice ?

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Re: Green manure question
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2017, 19:48 »
There's some information on the main website here: http://www.allotment-garden.org/composts-fertilisers/green-manures-uses-types-of-green-manures/

Do you know whether you soil is prone to clubroot?  And what was grown in the area most recently / what do you plan to grow there afterwards?  Some of the green manures are brassicas and/or count for crop rotation purposes.
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Green manure question
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2017, 22:18 »
I'm planning to turn part of it into a comfrey bed and the rest of it will be used for swedes and parsnips this year

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Re: Green manure question
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2017, 08:19 »
Swedes are brassicas so that rules out some green manures.

At this time of the year Fenugreek, Phacelia  and buckwheat would be my first suggestions. You don't say where your allotment is Redgoat so it's a bit hard to guess what would be the best to sow as the weather and soil conditions are different in different areas of the UK.

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Re: Green manure question
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2017, 17:34 »
I'm in north east Wales not that far from Chester



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